If you are interested in a teeth straightening treatment but are reluctant to sport a mouth full of metal wires and brackets, the Invisalign procedure may be the solution you’re looking for. This system of clear aligners is one of the orthodontic treatments provided by Dr. Shawn Javid in Valencia, CA and is effective for treating a variety of orthodontic issues.

What is Invisalign?

The Invisalign procedure consists of a set of clear aligners that are custom-fit to your teeth. An aligner must be worn for at least 20 hours a day for best results, and a new aligner is switched out approximately every week. This treatment offers several benefits over traditional braces as it is:

  • More comfortable
  • Nearly invisible when being worn
  • Removable
  • Easier to clean

Additionally, the aligners will not cause damage to the cheeks and gums as metal braces can. Treatment time with Invisalign can be shorter than with traditional braces.

Procedure

Before beginning the Invisalign procedure, a consultation with Dr. Javid will be needed during which your goals and needs are discussed. If you are a good candidate for the procedure, your dentist will assess the current position of your teeth and the goal of where you want them to be and create a treatment plan for their movement. This plan can even provide a preview of their movement along with the projected results. Impressions will be taken of your teeth, which will be used to create the custom aligners following the treatment plan.

Using the aligners

For treatment to be successful, you will need to wear the aligners for 20-22 hours a day. Because they are custom-fit to your teeth, they should be fairly comfortable, except for the slight pressure that they are applying to your teeth to change their position. The aligners can be taken out when brushing and flossing. The aligners themselves will also need cleaning; a gentle brush and rinse are sufficient. You will change aligners according to the treatment plan. The average treatment with Invisalign takes about 12 months.

Invisalign can be used to treat issues such as underbite, overbite, crossbite, open bite, gapped teeth, or crowded teeth. Contact the office of Dr. Shawn Javid in Valencia, CA to see if this treatment is right for you.

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Dr. Shawn Javid

DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery)

Dr. Shawn completed his undergraduate studies at California State University Northridge (CSUN) where he received a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in biological sciences.